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I am considering buying a V Strom 1000 to replace two bikes I have- a Honda Valkyrie Tourer and an '08 Kawasaki KLR650.

I am looking for ONE bike to do it all. I like 300-400 mile highway trips, AND zipping down dirt/gravel/sandy county roads near where I live. Someday I may even take a multi-thousand mile trip, mostly paved.

Having never accepted the idiom that one can not have their cake and eat it, too, I am looking for one bike to meet all my needs.

Would some V Strom experts weigh in on my dilemma?

Thanks, Mike
 

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I am considering buying a V Strom 1000 to replace two bikes I have.I am looking for one bike to meet all my needs.
Would some V Strom experts weigh in on my dilemma?

Thanks, Mike
There's no dilemma. Sell the two and get the Strom. The Stroms ( Wee and Vee) are the among the best of only a handful of do it all motorcycles.
Both similar bikes, Vee has more power, Wee gets better mileage.

Not expensive to buy, durable, easy to maintain, good on gas, lots of support for them, ton of available accessories, cheap to insure, great ergonomics, a blast to ride, and a lot of fun to own.

Good luck in the hunt.


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Hey Mike! Check this link for pics of my Hill Country dual sport ride from a few months ago. It started with a 350 mile ride from Saginaw to Junction on Friday. On Saturday we spent 9 hours riding paved twisties, gravel, dirt, mud & water crossings. Followed by another 350 miles back home on Sunday. We camped out on Friday and Saturday nights, so the Strom was fully loaded with camping & cooking gear. It performed superbly!

If this is the kind of stuff you want your bike to do, the Vee is a great choice.
 

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In the last 3 years since I have been back to riding I have owned:
Yamaha FZ1
Kawasaki Vulcan
Honda VFR
Goldwing (For Sale)
V-strom 1000

Hands down the best motorcycle I have ever owned is the Strom. I have a bad back and I can do 600 mile days and though I am generally sore I feel worst coming off the Wing that I do the Strom. It is agile, powerful, ugly :D , fun! Last weekend in Arkansas I drug my pegs 3 times with a TKS knobby on the front so it will work as somewhat of a sport bike. You can farkle the dickens out of it and the more scratches the better. I bought mine used off the advrider.com board for right at $4500 for an 06 with 30k. I ride it as a daily commuter and any other time I can.

Just my 2 cents.
 

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I am considering buying a V Strom 1000 to replace two bikes I have- a Honda Valkyrie Tourer and an '08 Kawasaki KLR650.
I think you've picked a winner.

I've had a Valkyrie Tourer and a Interstate and loved them both for two up riding. But for playing around on the dirt roads close to my house, they weren't the best. :)

I moved down to a Kawasaki Concours last year and this year I sold it for my second V-Strom 650. I had my first V-Strom 650 at the same time as the Valkyrie Interstate. It was used for commuting and the Valk was used for heavy touring with my wife.

Currently I'm doing all of my riding solo. Our daughter is just about to turn three so she's not riding on the passenger seat yet. :( But at least my wife lets me commute to/from work & escape on my own every once in a great while. :)

The V-Strom is very capable of replacing both the KLR and the Valk. I think it's a nice fit between those two models.

Both versions of the V-Strom will probably do you well. I prefer the Wee because of the lower cost of admission (purchase price), the lower insurance premiums, the lower weight and the better gas mileage.

Coming from a Valk Tourer, you you probably wouldn't even miss the acceleration difference between the 650 & 1000 versions.

At about half of the Valk's weight and 2/3 of it's horsepower, the Wee is more than capable of keeping pace with a Valkyrie in a straight line... and in the corners? You can wave buh-bye to your buddies on the VRCC board. ;)
 

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Jump on hold on and take the grin off your face

I have a ym rs venture cruiser, bought a 07 vee new in crate

have it tuned in now i hate the cruiser the vee is a wild bike

if you see a dirt road jump on it and see what you have been

missing. Rode to the north american v strom gathering across

minnesota and south dakota on the interstate smooth and a great

ride. So go for it and take that grin off your face when you find

out it was a great decision.

Soaring hawk
 

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Take a look at the pics I posted about my last ride. Me and the wife did something like 60 miles of dirt Fire Roads, maybe a mile of easy single track, and over 150 twisty paved miles. And that was just on the second of 3 days (all the pics linked from that post are of FR300, just under 40 miles or so).

FR300 post

Here is one of my favorites. That's the wife with the bike, and a 1000' drop right behind her.

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Best all purpose bike

I have a '08 KLR650 and a '03 VTR1000F, and a '03 DL1000
The V engine on the VTR1000F engine is better than the DL1000 as the engine is happy all across the rpm range and just purrs.
The KLR650 gets better mileage a nice light bike to throw around but it is no fun on the highway.
The DL1000 has a gruff engine that snarls some but the low end torque is great and the riding position is way better than the other two bikes and if I had to keep one bike this one would be it, it isn't the best at anything but it can do everything pretty well which is more than you can say for most bikes.
 

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Keep the KLR for zipping around offroad. If you plan on doing this with a Wee or a Vee we WILL eventually read about you breaking things on your Strom.
YMMV
BS, I've dropped mine, I've crashed mine, I've literally beat the crap out of this bike, it always brings me back, and nothing important has ever broken. Good choice, I just read a ride report on a Brazilian couple that rode their V from NYC to Brazil, 0 problems. Best bike for the buck.
 
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